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Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness (MA-EXPW) (Online)


Course Description

About the Program
Earn your Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness (MA-EXPW) from an established, fully accredited university in the most flexible way possible - at home, in your office, or while traveling. Tennessee Tech University's MA-EXPW is designed to fit your lifestyle without disruption of professional or personal schedules.
All coursework must be completed the same semester in which the course is taken. However, since there are no classes to attend, students select the time and place each week to read materials and work on projects. Since the emphasis of the program is to improve teaching, many of the projects are designed in a way that enables students to work toward the completion of the projects while continuing daily teaching routines.
We understand the need for teachers to have opportunities to grow and improve as professionals. This degree program is specifically designed to advance teaching skills and improve the quality of physical education programs.
This does not mean that some courses will not have exams. But for the most part, students will be evaluated based on completing projects. Project-based learning is a means by which students are able to learn through authentic work. Projects are designed so that students actually practice and demonstrate what they are learning in their coursework as they move through their daily teaching responsibilities. Students will design developmentally appropriate curricula, expand instructional skills and create accurate and thorough methods for recording the development and achievements of the youngsters being taught.

The Online Degree
The MA-EXPW is a 30-hour online degree. The focus of the first year of the program is to analyze and improve individual teacher effectiveness. The goal for the second year is to analyze and improve your physical education program.
This online approach features course content presented in iLearn as well as readings from selected physical education textbooks and journals. Additionally, chat room sessions and e-mail discussions of current topics and issues will be used throughout the program.
All students entering the Masters' Degree program in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness will be required to attend an one day on-campus orientation prior to their initial semester as well as to complete the comprehensive examinations on the Tennessee Tech campus at the completion of their program.

Graduate Assistantships
Students may apply for a graduate assistantship. Assistantships cover tuition, fees, and provide a monthly stipend. The department currently offers assistantships in teaching, strength and conditioning, and Special Olympics administration.

DEPARTMENTAL OVERVIEW
The department offers a Master of Arts program in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness, with areas of emphasis in elementary and middle school physical education, physical education licensure, fitness and lifetime wellness, adapted physical education, and sport management. The elementary and middle school concentration and the teacher licensure program are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Coursework in all of these programs is online. The graduate program is designed to offer professional training for teachers, coaches, and fitness specialist wellness professionals.
Graduate students in EXPW can choose one of four concentrations or may elect to enroll in the Elementary Middle School Physical Education track that with 20 additional hours can lead to teacher licensure in Physical Education in additon to the Master of Arts degree.
*Adapted Physical Education. This program is designed for students interested in leading adapted physical education programs for individuals with disabilities.

*Elementary and Middle School Physical Education. This program is designed for students with a current Tennessee teaching license, who want to either enhance their physical education pedagogical knowledge or gain background knowledge in physical education as they prepare to set for the physical education PRAXIS exam to gain physical education endoresement.

*Fitness and Lifetime Wellness. This program is designed for students interested in health, wellness and/or performance aspects of physical activity and training. The focus is on practical application rather than clinical rehabilitation.

*Sport Management. This program is designed for students who desire to work as an administrator in various positions within the sports industry, including professional and collegiate sports teams.

*Teacher Licensure Option. This program is designed for students who are pursuing initial licensure in physical education. Students pursuing this program must also consult with the Office of Teacher Education to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. This option involves 20 hours in the MA Elementary Middle School Physical Education concentration plus and additional 20 hours of pedagogical content, field experience and student teaching.

DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission Requirements for Provisional Standing:
*Undergraduate GPA of 2.25
*Three (3) current letters of recommendation from those who have supervised a previous education or work experience
*A letter describing interest in program and future professional goals
*Official test scores on the MAT (372 minimum) or GRE® General Test (GRE): Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing. -OR- Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.

Admission Requirements for Full Standing:
*Undergraduate GPA of 2.50
*Three (3) current letters of recommendation from those who have supervised a previous education or work experience
*A letter describing interest in program and future professional goals
*Official test scores on the MAT (380 minimum) or GRE(® General Test (GRE): Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing. -OR- Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.

Entry Requirements

This is an online course. For all M. A. degree programs there is a core research requirement, including, educational research, and either a problems course or a thesis, the hours ranging from six (6) to 12 hours for this research component. At least 70% of the courses taken toward the degree must be at the 6000 level or above. (See Admission Requirements in Course Description for further detail)International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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